Flood Flashback: Road to Recovery Continues

By Julia Rose

Published 06/23 2014 06:18PM

Updated 06/23 2014 06:21PM

A year ago this week much of the Mohawk Valley was under water as the 2013 summer floods hit Central New York. The rushing floodwater damaged more than 1,100 homes and impacted thousands of area families. And while some progress has been made in the recovery process, for some there's still a long road ahead.

The Fulmer Creek runs parallel to the Jaquish family’s neighborhood. Exactly one year ago, it overflowed leaving a trail of destroyed property.

"The damage came down, the creek was full of debris and so forth and the water couldn't come down the creek, it came down through the neighbors up the road and did a job on all seven of our units,” says Virginia Jaquish who owns property in Mohawk.

Jaquish and her husband own a mobile home park. After the foods they not only lost their homes but their tenants. Now, their days are spent rebuilding.

"As you can see, we've been pouring concrete today; trying to get more units up and we have received no assistance to put this park back together,” said Jaquish.

With no financial assistance from the Town or the State, the Jaquish family had no choice but to take matters into their own hands. They spent their year building a concrete wall along the Fulmer Creek trying to protect their property.

"We haven't received one penny of assistance for the mobile home park at all so we've started back putting it together and we've gotten well over $100,000 into it,” says Jaquish.

Of the seven units, one was spared but not without significant damage.

"I got woken up at about 5:30 in the middle of the night and the water was up to the first or second step of the porch, anything that was outside was gone, my shed and anything that was in it, furniture, anything outdoors was gone,” says one of the mobile home tenants Dorothy Murphy.

Murphy was able to move back into her home in November. She says watching the Jaquish family recover is heart breaking and frustrating.

"They don't get any help from anybody, they're doing it all on their own,” said Murphy.

Jaquish says she reached out to her Town Supervisor countless times to put up barriers along the Fulmer Creek but nothing has been done yet.

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